Raise your hand if you love IKEA. Their fine products are in almost every room in our house, so my devotion to the hallowed ground of IKEA runs deep. A friend who’s never been inside of our house recently saw a photo from one of my posts and made the delightful, however misguided, assumption that we were … ahem … of significant means, which we are most assuredly not. We are a family on a capital B-U-D-G-E-T. Hence my adoration of IKEA — they do modern-beauty-on-a-budget right. But what do I love even more than IKEA? The amazing ways in which savvy DIY-ers have customized the furniture. Yep, I dig IKEA hacks big time. So much that just this weekend I hacked my own BOKSEL Coffee Table. When we bought ours, it looked like this.
But unfortunately, the wheels were non-locking. So any toddler/dog/sleepy adult could end up taking the coffee table for a ride with the least bit of effort. Aforementioned toddler and dog did this with relish many, many times. So often was our coffee table rolled around the room that the toddler stopped being careful and then very quickly learned how ouchy it can be when a coffee table rolls over your toes. Bye bye, wheels.
The coffee table was too short to sit on the ground, so I needed some new legs. I wanted something with a hint of Mid-century modern, and found these at my local Lowe’s.
I added an element of retro texture with some gorgeous smock wrapping paper under the glass pane, installed the legs with flat brackets and stepped back to admire my first honest-to-goodness IKEA hack.
For now, I’m leaving the legs unfinished. I’m into the white + wood contrast for the moment. I can hack my hack later if I change my mind.
But enough about me. Here are a few of my very favorite IKEA hacks from around the web. Check them out:
- Heather & Mike’s Kardemumma Hack, via Brady Bunch Remodel
- Molly’s Rast Campaign Hack, via Almost Makes Perfect
- Kristin’s Vittsjo Gold Leaf Hack, via The Hunted Interior
- Abby Larson’s IKEA PS 2012 Marbled Hack, via Style Me Pretty
- Jen’s Erslev Greek Key Rug Hack, via Tatertots & Jello
- Tricia’s IKEA PS Cabinet Hack, via Simply in the South
- Kate’s Billy Bookcase Hack, via Centsational Girl
- This Bekvam Hack, via Freckles Chick
- Krys’ Expedit Banquette Hack, via Melodrama
- Sarah’s Malm Hack, via Sarah Hearts
What about you? Have you transformed a piece of furniture into something brand new, IKEA or not? Check out these additional ideas for upcycled tables and more.